Tour of NEW Founder’s Hall and the Barnes Learning Center at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
|WHAT:||Members of the media are invited to an early tour of the NEW 21,000+ sq. ft. Founder’s Hall and Barnes Learning Center complex at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in west Orange County. The venue includes a full-size theater stage, green room, scene shop, large gathering area, research library, classrooms, and meetings room all open to the public. Media are encouraged to take photos and video of all spaces and interview St. Luke’s Lead Pastor, the Rev. Jennifer Stiles Williams, who is one of only a handful of female lead pastors of a mega church in the country. (appointment requested).|
|WHEN:||Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Founder’s Hall and Barnes Learning Center will open for a public tour at 6:00 p.m.)|
|WHERE:||St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd.
Orlando, Florida 32819
|WHY:||Founder’s Hall is a brand new 21,707 square foot, state-of-the-art complex equipped to hold large church and community events. The venue will host both the church’s contemporary worship services and its award-winning Broadway-style musicals. There will also be opportunities for local schools and groups to rent out the venue for performances, concerts, conferences, or ceremonies. Located on the building’s second floor, the Barnes Learning Center will sponsor and host the innovative scholastic program LEAD (Leadership, Exploration, and Development). Through this program, St. Luke’s will connect with seminaries around the country to provide distance learning classes on theology and mission work for leaders around the country and abroad. LEAD will also be used to share St. Luke’s successful community transformation initiatives (like those current in practice in East Winter Garden) with other churches, faith groups, and NGOs.|
Directions to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is located at 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL 32819, from Downtown Orlando: Take FL-408 W to Good Homes Rd exit. Turn left onto Good Homes Rd, and left onto State Hwy 526, then turn right onto S Apopka Vineland Rd. The entrance to St. Luke’s campus is the first light after you cross over Conroy Windermere Rd. (across from Publix). The church is on the left.